Government Flags Off Life Saving Nutritional Commodities To People Affected By The Drought

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On Tuesday, Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr. Rashid Aman flagged off eight trucks of life-saving nutritional commodities supported by the UK that will see thousands of children in the most drought-affected counties reached with the very essential treatment needed.

This consignment of ready to Use Therapeutic Feeds with an estimated cost of approximately KES 215 million (£1.5 million) is a significant contribution to the current health and nutrition sector drought response plan, said Dr. Aman.

"With this consignment, an additional 30,000 children in dire need of treatment services for severe acute malnutrition in the most affected counties will be reached. As a ministry and as a government, we are grateful for this support," Dr. Aman said.

He said the country has prepared a nutrition preparedness and response plan that cost approximately KES 5.3 billion (£ 37.5 million), 80% of which will be committed to procuring essential nutrition commodities for severe and moderate acute malnutrition.

To boost its efforts, the Ministry has also signed up to the UNICEF-led Match Fund Initiative, to which it has already disbursed KES 26 million (£183,000), thus making available KES 52 million for the procurement by UNICEF of Ready to Use Therapeutic Feeds (RUTF), the CAS said.

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